2017 Annual Conference

Survive and Thrive
Monday, May 8, 2017
Easter Seals NL, 206 Mt. Scio Road, St. John’s

Survive and Thrive: The present economic climate in Newfoundland and Labrador has had a powerful impact on our province’s libraries, bringing threats of budget cuts, workforce reductions, and even library closures.  However, despite such uncertainty, libraries are thriving because of the commitment and devotion of library workers in our province and in our individual communities.  We build relationships and approach our communities with a desire to help and contribute, rather than to generate profit.  The altruistic nature of libraries is ultimately what will help our libraries and the communities we serve not only to survive, but also to thrive.

21st Century library workers are poised to support the people of our province to survive economic hardships.  We are collaborators, partnering with others in our community to provide support and foster growth, innovation, and learning.  We are educators, promoting information literacy, critical thinking, and self-directed learning.   And we are keepers of the cultural record, preserving the histories of our communities, and providing access to information and technology.  Despite our economic challenges, we work tirelessly to help empower Newfoundlanders and Labradorians through learning and information access.  We celebrate the value of libraries in our communities, and seek out new ways to survive and thrive.

Keynote speaker Trudy Morgan-Coles

Keynote speaker Trudy Morgan-Cole

Easter Seals NL is located on 206 Mt. Scio Road in St. John’s. Join us in their Multi-Purpose Room, on the ground floor. Parking is available at the front of the building.

Easter Seals NL

Easter Seals NL


We are seeking proposals for the following presentation types:

  • Full presentation: 40 minute sessions, composed of a 30-minute presentation and 10-minute question period. May be either research or practice-based.
  • Lightning talks: 7-minute timed presentations, great for giving attendees a brief glimpse into an idea, project, or program.
  • Panelist: You will participate as one of a group of panelists answering moderated questions (shared with you before the conference) related to the conference theme.
  • Virtual poster: posters based on some aspect of the conference theme will be produced electronically.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 31. Please submit your proposal using our online form and remember to include:

  • An indication of the presentation type (full, lightning, panel, or virtual poster)
  • The presentation title plus a brief abstract (max 250 words) describing the presentation, OR, if proposing to be a panelist, a brief rationale (max 250 words) for your participation
  • Contact details (name, library, position, telephone number and email address) for each speaker
  • A brief (max 50 word) biography for each speaker

For questions or comments, please contact Janet Goosney, NLLA Conference Program Committee Chair.


There is a bursary available for this year’s conference, if you need financial assistance to attend!


For more information about the 2017 Annual Conference, please contact planning committee chair, Kate Shore.